Wintertime storms can bring severe cold, freezing rain, sleet, snow, high winds, or a combination of all the above. The National Weather Service (NWS) refers to winter storms as “deceptive killers” because of injuries that are indirectly related to the storm. Here are a few tips to ensure you are prepared and know what to do in case of emergency.
Sign up for local alerts and warnings
NWS provides alerts and warnings for all weather hazards. You can also sign up for community emergency alerts. Get more information about alerts from FEMA.
Create an Emergency Communication Plan
You may not be with friends or family when disaster strikes, so you need to know how to contact one another in an emergency. Remember to keep important numbers written down in your wallet, as you may not always have access to your smartphone.
Stock emergency supplies
Ready.gov includes an interactive build-a-kit to stock a car, home, and even asks about special factors, such as if there are pets, seniors and those with medical conditions.
Winterize your Home and Vehicle
Contact your Cole Harrison agent to make sure your home and vehicle are protected for whatever winter hazards mother nature dishes out.